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Ravines Golf Club - hole 9

Good luck beating Ravines Golf Club, a tough Arnold Palmer design in Saugatuck

Ravines Golf Club doesn't let golfers relax. From the first hole to the final fairway, there's always an obstacle to clear, a challenge to meet. On a bad day, this demanding Arnold Palmer design will steal half a dozen of your golf balls. On a good day, it's a peaceful round through the woods.
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Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club

Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C. lives on in Holland, Mich.

Almost every beach town along Lake Michigan offers a good public golf course. Holland almost lost theirs. Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C., a Ray Hearn design, went into receivership in 2009, but you would never know it these days. Once the recession cleared, Macatawa Legends came back to life.
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Manistee National - Cutters' Ridge golf course - 18th

Bring your 'A' game to survive Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National

How good are you? Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort separates the haves from the have-nots. This Jerry Matthews design from 2000 just might be the toughest course, yard for yard, in Michigan. Wetlands lurk seemingly everywhere, and its slope from the tips soars to 149.
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Escanaba Country Club in Escanaba, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1924. Escanaba Country Club measures 6233 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 122 and a 69.3 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Gladstone Golf Course in Gladstone, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1936. Designed by A. H. Jolly, Gladstone Golf Course measures 6456 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    Whittaker Woods Golf Club is located in southwest Michigan but being only 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and just steps from the Indiana state line, it's very much a part of the Chicagoland golf scene. The course is a formidable test for even the best players, weaving through a diverse landscape of mature woodlands, ponds, and wetlands.
    Ravines Golf Club is southwest Michigan's first Arnold Palmer signature course. The course is situated three hours outside of Detroit in Saugatuck. Thanks to wide fairways and generous landing areas, the layout is not as tough as it seems but it does have plenty of challenges in store.
    Milham Park GC: #18
    Situated on the southern edge of Kalamazoo, Milham Park Golf Club borders its namesake park. This municipal course is one of the best in the city, boasting some of the best conditions of any of the area's golf courses. The course has a traditional layout that is seemingly short by modern standards at 6,630 yards from the back tees. Don't let the yardage fool you, Milham Park offers many holes with good length.
  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    The Cedar River Course was Tom Weiskopf's first design in Michigan. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the country. The layout closely follows the natural contours of the landscape, providing a wealth of unique shot opportunities. The dramatic elevation changes define the traditional layout, which gives an excellent rhythm to the course.
    Hawk's Eye Golf Club in Bellaire is one of the top 15 public courses in the state of Michigan. The championship course is the centerpiece of a tucked away golf community in the northern part of the state.
    Eldorado, located just south of Cadillac, has built a reputation as one of the best golf values in the Great Lakes area. The championship layout sprawls across rolling hills laced with flowering wetland areas. The golf course features elevated tees and generous green complexes with subtle but tricky undulations.
  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    Wilderness Valley Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Wilderness Valley Course is a player friendly complement to the more challenging Black Forest Course. Together, there is something for players of any skill level at the resort. The Wilderness Valley Course has the same rolling terrain of its sister course but the bunkering is more understated and the greens are more forgiving.
    The 18-hole Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, MI is a public golf course that opened in 2000. Designed by Rees Jones, Black Lake Golf Club measures 7046 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 143 and a 74.
    The 18-hole Gaylord Country Club in Gaylord, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1949. Designed by Wilfrid Reid, Gaylord Country Club measures 6472 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.3 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown sits along the shoreline of its namesake lake. The location is a popular bird-watching spot with more than 300 species recorded. Golfers might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle and broad-wing hawk sightings are almost definite since the area is one of the best hawk-watching sites in North America.
    The 18-hole Rattle Run Golf Course in Saint Clair, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1974. Designed by Lou Powers, Rattle Run Golf Course measures 6865 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 140 and a 73.
    The 18-hole Heather Hills Golf Club in Romeo, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1980. Heather Hills Golf Club measures 6268 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 69.7 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.